Electronics (E-waste) Recycling
Beginning in January 2015 New York State law has prohibited disposing of certain electronics as trash. These items must be recycled.
New York State has an Electronics (e-waste) Disposal law. This law requires that manufacturers of electronics (see list of covered items below) provide a free e-waste recycling program for households, schools, and small businesses. This law also establishes a disposal ban that prohibits all consumers from disposing covered electronic equipment in landfills or waste-to-energy facilities. You are encouraged to visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website: Guidance for Consumers of Covered Electronic Equipment. In addition, see the Town of Huntington's Notice to Waste Haulers.
Industry experts estimate that U.S. consumers throw away 400 million units of electronic equipment per year. Recycling electronic waste protects human health and the environment by: diverting thousands of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators; keeping toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium from contaminating the air, water and soil; and conserving natural resources by allowing valuable materials tbe reclaimed and reused, rather than using virgin materials.
How To Recycle:
If you need to recycle your e-waste today please follow the link that best describes you:
Electronics Recycling Options for HOUSEHOLDS
Electronics Recycling Options for SMALL BUSINESSES
Electronics Recycling Options for SCHOOLS, MUNICIPALITIES AND NOT FOR PROFIT AGENCIES
Most of the entities listed above should not be charged for their e-waste recycling. However, for-profit businesses with 50 or more full-time employees and not-for-profit corporations with 75 or more full-time employees may be assessed a charge for these services by manufacturers. In addition, any consumer may be charged for “premium services.” “Premium services” are any services above and beyond the reasonably convenient acceptance methods defined in the Act. These include equipment and data security services, refurbishment for reuse by the consumer, data wiping, specialized packing and preparation for collection, etc.
Electronics covered by this law:
- Cathode ray tubes
- Small scale servers
- Computer peripherals (including any cable, cord, or wiring permanently affixed tor incorporated intthe computer peripheral.)
- Electronic keyboards
- Electronic mice or similar pointing devices
- Facsimile machines, document scanners, and printers (only those intended for use with a computer and weighing less than 100 lbs.)
- Small electronic equipment (including any cable, cord, or wiring permanently affixed tor incorporated intthe small electronic equipment.)
- Digital viderecorders
- Portable digital music players
- DVD players
- Digital converter boxes
- Cable or satellite receivers
- Electronic or videgame consoles
Small electric appliances (e.g.: vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, curling irons, toasters, toaster ovens, mixers, slow cookers, clothes irons, et al.) are not covered by the law.
What About Cell Phones?
Under the separate New York State Wireless Recycling Act, all wireless telephone service providers that offer phones for sale must accept cell phones for reuse or recycling.